IBM x3500 and ESXi

Posted on 2011-02-23
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Last Modified: 2012-10-17
Hi There!

I have an IBM x3500 7977 which I want to load ESXi 4.1 on. I was hoping I could get an IBM specific ISO for using ESXi onto it for. Does anyone have a link to download the ISO for this, or another simple way I can monitor the hardware inside ESXi?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:networkn
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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The IBM IBM x3500 is not on the Hardware Compatibility List for ESXi 4.1.

Only ESX 4.0 U2      4.0 U1      4.0      3.5 U5      
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Sorry, wrong.....

4.1 U1      4.1      4.0 U2      4.0 U1

Only, no ESXi.

did scroll down the list for your server.
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There is obviously something with this server which didn't pass the HCL for ESXi 4.1.

Your options are to try ESX 4.1 U1, 4.1, 4.0 U2 or 4.0 U1.
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Author Comment

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Ok so I can get 4.1U1? If so can you provide a URL Link to it? or the latest supported version of ESXi that is supported?
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ESX 4.1 U1 is available if you login with your VMware username and password, at the VMware Store, if you are Licensed to us it. The download is available.

Do you have a license and valid support agreement?

Only ESXi 4.1 U1 is available to download free, and you need to register for an serial number.

No versions of ESXi are supported on this hardware platform.

Expert Comment

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You can get 4.0 update 1 from here
Then update it with update manager.

As mentioned in previous post, vmware 4.1 is not supported on x3500 from the IBM Serverproven list

But it might work.
If this is a x3500 m2 or m3... then its supported.

Author Comment

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Hi There!

I got it working with vanilla.

I think you can download the IBM extensions seperately? At least you can with HP.
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I'm going to suggest this but may get shot, but I'm not sure if I can discuss it, as it requires modifying code.

See if you can extract what you need from previous versions.

see here

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warning, you may get PSODs!

Author Comment

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PSOD's? I got it working with vanilla esxi which is what we were using before, I was just hoping for hardware monitoring, but I wouldn't risk system stability for it.
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PSOD = Purple Screen of Death

well, CIM providers (hardware monitoring) is why most fail HCLs! and even on some that have passed HCL, it needs to be disabled!

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Thanks for the input everyone

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